I'm Blogging National Nutrition MonthHappy National Nutrition Month® everyone!

The theme this year is “Eat Right with Color.” What does that mean?

It means vibrancy. It means being daring to try something new. It means taking control of your health.

Would you want to stare at a boring beige wall? No! Of course not. So why would you want to look at that on your plate?

It’s time to eat right with color.

So I mentioned in my previous post my frustration with having bad heartburn.

“For awhile I was eating Ritz crackers, bananas, and peanut butter and jelly on white toast. Bland, bland and some more bland.”

Not only was my plate bland in flavor but it was bland in color. All those foods were the same color. B-O-R-I-N-G. Snooze fest!

Now that I have been feeling somewhat better I have decided to add salads back into my diet. Can I just say how beautiful my plate is?! It is gorgeous. Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Purple. (Almost all the colors of the rainbow!) And not only does it look great, it tastes light, refreshing and wonderful. And best of all it’s a healthy choice without taking the pleasure away from what’s on my plate.

Here are the equivalents to the colors:

  • Red = bell peppers
  • Orange = carrots
  • Yellow = zucchini, pineapple
  • Green = arugula, spinach, chard, broccoli
  • Purple = grapes

Making at least one of your meals colorful can make a difference. Here are some tips in taking that first step. Build a salad:

Start with greens.

  1. Add a vegetable.
  2. Add a fruit.
  3. Add some beans.
  4. Sprinkle on nuts, cheese, extras.
  5. Add no more than 2 Tablespoons of low-fat salad dressing.

Here’s a handout from the American Dietetic Association to help give you some ideas!

Are salads too much of a challenge? Do you need to take baby steps? Try adding one colorful vegetable with your entrée. Steamed broccoli and carrots. Roasted sweet potatoes and bell peppers. Click here for some new recipes to try.

Now that you have some tools, how will you add more color to your plate?